Find the Right Cloud Provider for You

Contents
   
Amazon Web Services
    Microsoft Azure
    Alibaba Cloud
Storage
Computing
Database
Developer Tools
Pricing comparison between Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud
    AWS
    General Pricing for Azure (**numbers assumed)
    Alibaba Cloud
    Comparison with Subscription Plansa Cloud

Perhaps you are planning to move your IT environment to the Cloud or perhaps you have heard a lot about “being” in the Cloud but have not yet made a decision to take the plunge. Either way it behoves us to explain how the various Cloud providers stack up, helping our customers better understand the financial implications of doing so.

Cloud computing today, is reshaping the IT market by not only generating a huge potential for the IT ecosystem  but at the same time changing the way society has traditionally looked at IT adoption. It allows you to set up what is essentially a virtual setup immediately,  gives the flexibility to connect to your business anywhere, access customers data, user behavior and many such data points that help your business take important decisions at your will.

Whether you’re looking for compute power, database storage, content delivery or other functionality, Cloud provides all the services to help you build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability. Hence it is an effective, fast and scalable solution to your business. And best of all there are financial gains to be had both in the short term and long term as your business needs scale.

There are many players in the Cloud Market but the most significant ones with maximum market share are Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. A new contender slowly gaining momentum is Alibaba cloud services. In a future article we will attempt to cover the other Cloud players such as Google and IBM.

Amazon Web Services

AWS is a secure cloud services platform, offering application building, database storage, deployment, analytics, content delivery and other functionalities to help businesses scale and grow with more than 70 major services. AWS also has several data center locations across the globe to cater for clients with lower latency and stringent data privacy needs.

Microsoft Azure

Azure offers  a growing collection of integrated cloud services which developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through their global network of data centers. The pace of service feature launch lags AWS.

Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba also provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to power both the international customers’ online businesses and Alibaba Group’s own e-commerce ecosystem. They have made some international strides with select data center launches around the world.

Following is a brief comparison between these three Cloud providers

Storage

public cloud storage comparison.png

Computing

public cloud compute comparison.png

Database

public cloud database comparison.png

Developer Tools

public cloud developer tools comparison.png

Both the cloud providers offer free trial for the services after  which the total billing for the infrastructure is on the pay-as-you-go model basis determined using  the online TCO (Total Cost of ownership) calculator.

Pricing comparison between Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud

AWS

AWS offers Reserved Instances (RI) as their discount model which provides a significant discount (up to 75%) compared to On-Demand pricing and provide a capacity reservation when used in a specific Availability Zone. It provides Standard and Convertible RIs for 1 year and 3 years respectively.

public cloud pricing comparison.png

General Pricing for Azure (**numbers assumed)

Microsoft Azure offers Microsoft Enterprise Agreement commonly known as EA. Under this agreement one can avail discounts anywhere between 15-45%.

Azure general pricing.png

Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba offers two easy to understand pricing models- Monthly Subscription and Pay As You Go. Comparatively the monthly subscriptions is cheaper than the pay as you go model and the discounts range from 20% and scales up to 30% depending on the services.

Alibaba ecs pricing.png

ECS.N1 is an instance with the following configurations of Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3 (Haswell) processor, 2.5GHZ clock speed, I/O-optimized instance and can be customized according to a customer needs built for small web applications and medium databases.

Additionally, let’s compare the cloud providers on the basis of their compute services and their prices for pay as you go and subscription plans.

aws-instances.png

Comparison with Subscription Plansa Cloud

subscription-comparison.png

With the growing number of applications, devices, platforms and infrastructure requirements  used in today's business environment, migrating and operating in the Cloud can present immense benefits including cost efficiencies, productivity and agility to scale to customer demands faster and have the comfort a secure redundant platform.

And therefore it is  essential to choose a cloud provider that not only gives an option of optimal infrastructure cost but a highly available, scalable and durable environment with its services. Watch out for our blog reflecting on the progress of the some of the smaller public cloud players.

Bluestack Team

Bluestack IT Solutions